*This story contains spoilers about RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. season 1, episode 2. In the U.K, viewers can watch the show on Thursday nights on BBC Three. Others can watch the show either via WOW Presents Plus or Logo.
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For the second week of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. the contestants were challenged to enact humorous "Downton Draggy" skits. They weren’t much home to write home about, to be the most frank, but Divina de Campo as well as Baga Chipz, came out well above the rest of the pack — Baga actually won the challenge. The runway, however, was full of stunners including Divina, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, and Baga. And while that’s all great, we’re here to talk about the baby of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Scaredy Cat.
When she walked onto the show, at a fresh 19 years of age, Scaredy Cat became the youngest competitor in Drag Race herstory. But she was not only young in how many years she’d been alive, she also hadn’t been doing drag for more than a few months. And then there was another revelation.
“I’m not actually gay,” she said, laughing when she sat down with the other queens during her introduction to the show. And though many assumed she was bisexual as she’s dating a bio queen named Pissy Cat, she revealed on the second (and her final) episode, that she doesn’t actually label herself as bisexual either.
Here, we talk to Scaredy Cat about how she identifies, her reception in the U.K. drag community, and her first (ever) and final (on the show) lip sync.
“It wasn't a bad first gig,” she said as she walked off stage.
First thing’s first: how do you feel about the lip sync? It was your first one ever, right?
Yeah, it was my first time, it was obviously really terrifying. I kept telling myself, "Look, don't throw up. Don't look at RuPaul. Don't fall off the stage. Just throw yourself around and hopefully a couple people will think it's funny." And I hope that paid off. I think it might have paid off. I'm happy with myself. There's not much you can do now anyway.
Have you been able to perform since?
I definitely would love to do more. We've got the tour coming up and I'm starting to write a little bit of my own show. think the positive thing about coming off of Drag Race is now being able to show the world what I can do and that is mainly art-based stuff. Me and [my girlfriend] Pissy, we do art together. Like, my music video, “Bedroom Queen,” has just come out on YouTube.
Going back to your intro, you pretty quickly told everyone you weren’t gay and that your girlfriend is actually a bio queen. I wanted to know how important that was for you.to say.
Going into the show, I never even really thought of it as a thing. It was only after I got on that I was like, "Oh, shit. Yeah. Normally it’s just like gay guys, dressed up as girls, really." And then, I thought they were going to hate me because I wasn’t like them. But it turns out that was the complete opposite reaction and it was actually completely fine. The fans are equally as positive on the whole, which is really brilliant. And I thought that was really great.
In the second episode you also said you don’t really identify as bisexual.
It's not necessarily that I don't; I wouldn't call it anything. Call it bi, pan, it's up to you, really, I don't mind. I'll just basically fuck anything.
How was your reception in the drag community prior to the show?
Well I was only really doing it for like 10 minutes before the show really got going, so we didn't really get out of the house very much to be honest with you. But whenever we did, I mean we'd get stuff on the street and people would shout. But it's more kind of, you know, white guys, men, flipping you off, and that kind of deal rather than people try to like tell you how wrong you are.
It was a mixture. Mostly it was quite positive. People just want to fun and be entertained anyway.
Even though you’ve only been doing drag for a short amount of time, you already have a very defined aesthetic. What do you attribute that to?
I think it is the fact that I've been doing art for a very long time in my life and I've drawn a ridiculous amount of cartoons. I think that's probably where it comes from, like the whole caricature thing and then applying that to my own, my body and features. Just trying to translate what I already know into that
You are the youngest person to ever compete on Drag Race and that came up a few times and I'm just wondering about how you felt about sort of your reception. It seemed people really didn’t expect much.
Yeah. I think it's understandable to underestimate a younger queen. That makes complete sense, but at the same time they can bring a completely new flare or something really weird and something you haven't thought about to the mix, which I hope I can do now, off the show as well. I hope I did it a little bit on the show, but I think now it's going to be like, "Oh fuck us, what's Scaredy about? Okay. We can do that.”